loose fiber obtained by untwisting and picking apart old ropes, used for caulking the seams of ships.
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How to use oakum in a sentence
Nor was even breaking stone or picking oakum to be paid for as wages, or regarded as employment.English Poor Law Policy | Sidney Webb
On the floor he spread a lot of wet oakum wads to prevent the splashing of the metal setting the floor afire.Balsamo, The Magician | Alexander Dumas
The oakum is forced tight enough to make a water-tight joint.
This piece of oakum is forced to the bottom of the hub, then another piece is put in.
A wad of oakum is taken and forced into the hub with the yarning iron.
British Dictionary definitions for oakum
loose fibre obtained by unravelling old rope, used esp for caulking seams in wooden ships
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